How Israel Uses Generative AI to Augment National Security
The Israeli military and national security service have both begun experimenting with using generative AI in their work. The Shin Bet security service is using the technology to combat incoming threats. At the same time, the Israeli Defense Forces’ tests have gone well enough for some leaders to predict it will help run the entire military in the next few years.
Generative AI Security
Israeli startups have been at the forefront of generative AI. D-ID, Loora, and AI21 are among the many in the country building up clientele and investment money for their generative AI projects, so interest from the government makes sense. Shin Bet, the Israeli equivalent of the FBI, revealed it is working on a generative AI foundational model of its own. The idea is to employ generative AI models to watch for potential problems pulled from surveillance data that would take a huge amount of time for humans to comb through. The AI can even work with a human analyst to examine previously flagged anomalies and help decide if they deserve further investigation.
“AI technology has been incorporated quite naturally into the Shin Bet’s interdiction machine,” director Ronen Bar said in a Cyber Week conference Speech at Tel Aviv University. “Using AI, we have spotted a not-inconsequential number of threats.”
Meanwhile, the Israeli Defense Force is pondering a future built on generative AI from the beginning. IDF Information Technology and Cyber Commander Major General Eran Niv shared that opinion at the same Cyber Week conference. He urged companies and government agencies to invest in generative AI as a necessity for operations on a global scale. Specifically, he pointed toward the way every bit of a modern military can gather information, but parsing it for patterns and relevant intelligence needs AI that can communicate what it means to a human being.
“Artificial intelligence is a phenomenon which is trending and expanding, with a focus on generative AI. This is a revolution which is increasing our capabilities, but in parallel increasing our reliance on digital infrastructure in every area,” Niv said. “I estimate that within a few years, every area of warfare will be based on generative AI information. Without a strong and effective digital basis, no one will be able to prosecute a war in any area.”